Ice Finger of Death Kills All That it Touches (Video)

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Happy Thanksgiving! Now meet the ice finger of death. According to the BBC, it kills all that it touches, freezing any living thing in its path in an "icy tomb". It also might be the most stunning thing you watch all day, so without further ado, here 'tis:

The video is a segment from the upcoming BBC documentary on the Arctic, Frozen Planet (yes, the one currently mired in semi-controversy), and it shows a never-before-captured-on-video phenomenon. A phenomenon that the BBC itself is calling an "Icicle of Death":

A bizarre underwater "icicle of death" has been filmed by a BBC crew. With timelapse cameras, specialists recorded salt water being excluded from the sea ice and sinking.

The temperature of this sinking brine, which was well below 0C, caused the water to freeze in an icy sheath around it. Where the so-called "brinicle" met the sea bed, a web of ice formed that froze everything it touched, including sea urchins and starfish.

And you get what you see above. It's not every day that an institution as venerable as the BBC frankly describes something as an "Icy finger of death", but I, for one, second the description. 'Brinicle' just doesn't have the same ring.

Tags: Animals | Television